MadSci Network: Biochemistry

Re: Why does microwaving bread make it chewy and/or hard?

Date: Tue Jul 17 12:02:08 2007
Posted By: Don Schaffner, Faculty, Food Science, Rutgers University
Area of science: Biochemistry
ID: 1184097984.Bc

Microwaving makes bread chewy and/or hard (i.e. stale) because it turns water in the bread to water vapor. The water vapor leaves the bread reducing it's water content.

Here is a link to a great bread staling experiment: plans/science/experiments/sbread.htm

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